Jean Ritchie concert at the Stephen Foster Center

Date: December 5, 1976

Source: S1576 , T77-262

Type: Sound

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  • Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies
  • Shoemaker's Song
  • What'll I Do With the Baby-O
  • Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
  • George Collins
  • Nottamun Town
  • The Bluebird Song
  • Black Waters
  • Skin and Bones
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Sugar on the Floor
  • Hangman
  • O Father Won't You Come and Go Along with Me
  • The Old Woman and the Pig
  • John Riley
  • Still I Love You
  • Brightest and Best
  • The Holly Carol
  • Amazing Grace

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  • One reel to reel recording. Images from the concert can be found in S 1576, volume 1: slides S77-78 through S77-95. Ritchie was born in Viper, Kentucky to a family that preserved and sang many old time (mountain) songs -- many dating back to England and Scotland -- numbering by Ritchie's count to well over 300. Raised within the Appalachian-based musical tradition, Ritchie graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1946, after which she moved to New York City as a social worker. While there, she became involved in the emerging folk revival scene, performing the old family songs on her dulcimer and autoharp. She recorded for the newly-created Electra Records, starting in 1952. By the 1960s, she was a well-respected and sought after performer and authority of Appalachian music. By 1976, she and her husband, photographer George Pickow, started their own label, Greenhays Records. Many of the songs performed here appear on their first self-released album: None But One. For other Ritchie recordings, see reels T78-312 through T78-314; T79-1.

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